We had a wonderful time at the Derby Festival last weekend. We had a winner on Derby day and plenty of our runners ran well. We had been expecting a big run for Platinum Warrior in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby given the great preparation he had. Unfortunately, he got upset in the stalls and banged his jaw quite badly. He returned after the race with lots of blood in his mouth and had cut his gums. X-rays revealed just a trauma to his jaw but it has taken a few days to settle. The race itself was slowly run and quite messy. Given he had beaten the winner on his last run in the Gallinule it was disappointing on the day. As there is only one Derby it was a shame not to get a clean run at it. His future plans will be decided with his owners in the coming week.
Petticoat was very good on Derby Day when she won the Premier Fillies Handicap and she went up 12lbs for that and is now rated 102. She will go to Killarney for the Ruby Stales and the aim, when we kept her training, was to try and get some black type for her. I think she will improve again and she is a gorgeous filly with a great attitude.
We have just one runner at Tipperary today, when Vivianite takes her chance in the fillies maiden. We thought she’d run well last week at Naas, but her saddle slipped at an early stage and Colm eased her in the straight.
That run took very little out of her and I am happy for her to take her chance this evening and I’d be disappointed if she didn’t get into the shake-up.
We have just one entry on Sunday and La Novia has a couple of options at Fairyhouse. We’ll make up our minds closer to the time as to what race she’ll go for.
Lethal Turbo will take his chance in Bellewstown this Friday in the seven furlong two-year-old maiden. He has come forward for his last run at Fairyhouse and I think he will handle the track and he’ll appreciate the good ground.
Kalaxana is an improving filly and she won the Ulster Oaks well the last day and she will step up to a mile and a half in the Listed Lenebane Stakes.
She has improved with every run this season and she has come out of Down Royal in great form. Black type would be very important for her and while she has a bit to do on ratings with some of her rivals, she goes there in terrific form.